This black hole
in front of me
is like a well
I jump and swim!
This was first posted in March 2013
The Empat is a Malay poetic form related to the Pantoum. It is used in popular song today.
It has four stanza with four lines each where the first line of the first stanza wanders through the others: It is the second line in the second stanza, the third line in the third and the fourth in the fourth stanza. The rhyme wanders with it as well: the first line in the first stanza rhymes with the third. The second line in the second rhymes with the fourth line. The third line in the third rhymes with the first again and the fourth line in the fourth stanza rhymes with the second building a rhyme scheme like this:
A. b. a. b.
c. A. c. a.
a. d. A. d.
a. e. A.
(info taken from The Poets Garret)
In modern day it has changed and The Poets Garret says about it:
“Ideally the Empat should have the same rhyme scheme with every stanza (Abab,
bAba, etc) when singing folk type music; but because of English and (later)
American influences the rhyme moved to couplets alone (Aabb. aAcc,etc),(Abab,
cAcb, etc), (Abba, cAac, etc) and now in modern music there is no rhyme scheme
and only the Repeating Line remains (Axyz, dAfg etc). ”
More information about the empat:
This is another post from February 2013. Maybe it inspires you to try and write a decastich too :-):
Not enough C so there we are at D: Decastich
There is not a lot of information about the Decastich. According to The Poets Garret it is a poem of 10 lines and you can do with it what you want. Rhyme or no rhyme, syllable pattern or no pattern….. you get the gist.
That one should be fun then :-)!
Here is my take:
Those words don’t come easy anymore
My mind hard as a rock!
Being poetic became such a chore
Where’s that muse of mine?
I need this little something now
That creative sparkle
Can hardly take those words as a pow
They would not bloom.
Tomorrow maybe there’s more words to come
and a new one shines!
your soul out
my soul out
your soul out
my soul out
Soul (Wo) Man.
January 8th, 2015
#221 of #365 A Prompt A Day For Bee ~ Bread & Poetry
Twitter may help.
My versing is very sluggish this week. I can’t get into it. Don’t know how or why. It just is like that. That’s how it is sometimes but I just get on with it. Not that my best poetry will be created this week (neither my best blog posts) but there will be others. And then I’ll write THE poem 🙂
Oh, for today I searched in Twitter for a poetry prompt and that’s what the bird came up with:
It’s a doughnut I know and no bread but well, you have to spoil yourself sometimes ;-)!
Morning monkeys make millers moan.
On occacion one occupies oldies.
No, no nonsense!
Reliefs rotund rats.
This post takes part in Linda’s Just Jot it January. Please head over and visit host Dan and prompt giver Geoff. Thanks!